It’s that time of the year again. You’ve completed another 12 months of marital bliss, and your wedding anniversary is right around the corner.
That can only mean one thing. You’re racking your brains to find the perfect gift for your spouse. There are only so many personalized coffee mugs, silverware, cufflinks, and jewellery you can gift them.
Whether it’s your first anniversary or you’ve been married for a while, chances are your partner already has everything they need for a comfortable life. What could you possibly give them as a gift that’ll sweep them off their feet?
In this blog post, we’ll dig deeper into a few unique gift ideas that are perfect for your wedding anniversary. Let’s jump right in.
A Hand-Casting Kit
Does your partner have a penchant for DIY crafts and decor? Do they often tell you how they miss spending quality time with you?
In either case, a hand-casting kit would be an excellent gift for them. It’ll give you and your S.O. an excuse to take a break from your routine and do something fun together.
When you’ve been married for a few years, nothing screams “romantic” louder than ditching household chores and spending an afternoon holding your partner’s hand in a tub of moulding power.
The end result is a personalized sculpture of the two of you holding hands and a reminder of your companionship. You can take things up a notch by adding details like textures and folds of the skin using sculpting tools. And your spouse can paint it using metallic colour to enhance the overall appearance.
You can easily find good quality hand-casting kits on online stores like Amazon and Etsy. Any standard kit will come with individual packets of moulding powder and casting powder, along with a strip of sandpaper.
The Zenacolor Hand Casting Kit is a good choice if you’re looking for an all-in-one solution. It comes with a wooden base to display the finished product. Also, you get six different acrylic paints and a paintbrush to dress up the sculpture in your favourite colours.
Make sure you read the instructions on the packaging and watch a few YouTube videos to understand the process better.
A Spa Membership
Who doesn’t love a generous dose of TLC once in a while? Unfortunately, between home and work, your spouse may not have much time to indulge in self-care.
An annual membership to a top-rated spa in your area could be a gentle reminder for them to take a pause and prioritize their well-being.
It’s a practical and thoughtful gift that shows you care about your S.O.’s happiness more than anything else.
A Celeb-Inspired Couple Portrait
If your S.O. has a flair for theatrics, a celebrity-inspired couple portrait is just what you need to take their breath away. Imagine the two of you staged together as Jack and Rose from Titanic or Sonny and Cher (if the 60s and 70s are your jam).
Of course, you can go through the regular route of booking a photoshoot at a studio with a professional photographer and a ton of props and costumes. But that can be time-consuming and expensive, and you may not get the exact picture you want. It also kills the surprise factor.
A simpler technique is to use modern AI-powered photo editing tools like Photoleap by Lightricks. With Photoleap, you can create stylized AI-generated images from your existing pictures.
Whether you want a classic Hollywood-inspired portrait or a quirky, Marvel Comics-themed one, you have to power to do it all. All you have to do is download the Photoleap app on your phone and select the AI Avatars feature from the home screen.
Choose the Couples option, and upload 10 to 20 images from your camera roll. Let the app work its magic, and your one-of-a-kind couple portrait will be ready in about 30 minutes.
Download the images you like and create a photo book. Or handpick one image and get it printed for hanging on your wall. In either case, your partner won’t be able to keep their eyes off of the pictures.
An Impromptu Vacation
Is there anything more romantic than taking your partner on vacation when they’re least expecting it? Plus, who doesn’t love bragging about how their spouse took them on a surprise holiday for their anniversary?
Be it a short camping trip or a week-long cruise getaway, travelling together is one of the best ways to make your partner feel special and strengthen your bond. It’s an opportunity to create more memories you can look back on.
If you and your partner have been craving a break from your mundane schedule, it’s just the right gift. Of course, you’ll need to check their calendar and ensure that they don’t have any prior commitments at work. Also, keep their travel preferences in mind while planning the holiday.
Their Favorite Childhood Board Game
Did you know that playing board games with your spouse promotes the release of oxytocin, which, in turn, improves affection and trust? It’s an excellent way to take a break from your “Netflix and chill” routine and try something new together.
That should be reason enough for you to get a board game as an anniversary gift. But if you’re looking to go that extra mile, it’s a good idea to take your S.O. on a trip down memory lane with a board game from their childhood.
Casually ask them about their favourite activities as a child and whether they liked playing board games. Also, you find out what they think about popular games like Connect Four, Life, Snakes (or Chutes) and Ladders, and Battleship. Many classic games come in commemorative fancy versions, too, such as Monopoly’s Vintage Bookshelf Edition.
With your partner’s cherished board game at home, you’ll no longer run out of fun things to do on the weekends. You can even invite friends and family for occasional game nights.
The Best Anniversary Gift for Your Partner
You don’t have to spend a fortune to delight your spouse on your wedding anniversary.
Thoughtful gestures, such as trying out a hand-casting kit together or surprising them with a vacation, are often more memorable than another piece of jewellery or clothing. A stylized couple portrait can also be a fun way to let them know how you adore them.
Lastly, keep your partner’s interests and preferences in mind while going gift hunting. And spend enough time together on your anniversary to make it truly memorable.